A long awaited calm which returned to the University of Winneba (UEW) after a protracted leadership and management dispute, seems to be short lived as another dispute rocks the learning institution.
In what could lead to another protracted litigation, the dismissal of three senior lecturers have been greeted with series of student demonstrations, with the students demanding a nullification of that decision.
Described as victimization, Dr. Frimpong Kaakyire Duku, the local President of the University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG), Professor Ephraim Avea Nsoh, Principal of the College of Languages Education, and Dr Emmanuel Osei Sarpong, of the Department of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Safety (HPERS) were sacked, for their involvement in the previous litigation.
The dismissals were said to have been ordered by the Vice Chancellor, Rev Prof Anthony Afful-Broni.
The students who begun the demonstrations on Monday, felt the dismissal of the lecturers are politically motivated and further expressed worry that such actions will affect the quality of teaching and learning in the school.
Part of the dismissal letter addressed to Dr Duku read:
“The Disciplinary Board set up at the instance of the Vice-Chancellor to further investigate your conduct in respect of court action you initiated together with six other staff who were asked to step aside established the following:
-You did not exhaust the internal structures of the University for settling dispute before proceeding to court.
-You used the institutional time to go to court without seeking official permission.
-Without any cause, you initiated legal action against the University – your employer, with the intention to make the University and the Governing Council unpopular in the eyes of the University Community as well as the General Public.
-Your behaviour and actions constitute misconduct and insubordination which have brought the name of the University into disrepute. You have thus, contravened Schedule G2 (b) and (d) of the University of Education, Winneba (UEW) Disciplinary Rules. You, therefore, became subject to discipline under Statute 36 of the UEW Statutes.
-Your actions and attitudes amounted to grave misconduct.
-Based on the findings of the Investigation Committee and the Disciplinary Board at the instance of the Vice–Chancellor, your behaviour contravened Schedule G 2(b) and (d) of the UEW Disciplinary Rules. You were, therefore, subject to discipline under Statutes 36 of the UEW Statutes.
-After discussing the report of the Disciplinary Board at its meeting held on 7th March 2019, and in accordance with Statute 36 of the VFW Statutes, the Governing Council summarily dismissed you from the service of the University with immediate effect.
The termination letter to Dr Sarpong, accused him of walking out from a meeting with the Governing Council on February 22, 2018.
The three affected lecturers, have however, denied the accusations, describing it as victimization.
They have vowed to seek legal redress against the terminations.
Meanwhile, the SRC is said to have declared March 18 for a major demonstration in all campuses of the university.